Rockpile’s weather is often the inverse of the Dry Creek Valley. When it is foggy in the valley, it is sunny and warm at Rockpile. When it is hot below, it can be cool and windy in the mountains. 2015 was another warm year and the harvest was early again. As has become custom, the old vine block, the Dempel/Dupratt block, and the Petite Sirah were harvested on the same day allowing the winemaker to co-ferment the entire wine. The Petite Sirah, harvested on the early and green side contributes structure, earthiness, and pepperiness to the riper full fruit of the Zinfandel. Co-fermenting seems to lead to a wine that is ultimately more knit together.
"This vineyard designate is grippy with plush, sizable tannins, allowing for a textural softness beneath all its power. Light-bodied currant, plum and blackberry flavors are supported by sharp acidity, remaining fresh and vibrant through the finish." – Wine Enthusiast, 88pts.
85% Zinfandel from the old block (Costamagna Clone) of Gary Branham’s Vineyard, 7% Zinfandel from the newer plantings of Dupratt and Dempel Clones, 8% Petite Sirah, Fermented in open-tops with 30% whole clusters
Aged in 4 French oak puncheons, 1 new for 16 months